Duck Derby will be bigger and bet­ter in 2017


The 29th an­nual South­west Cri­sis Ser­vices Duck Derby is hop­ing to soar higher thanks to some at­trac­tive prize pack­ages and new ticket sale meth­ods.

While do­ing away with pa­per tick­ets, Duck Derby tick­ets are now on sale on-line (http:// swcri­ plus via hand­held ter­mi­nals across the re­gion. Sup­port­ers can now pur­chase a sin­gle ticket for $10 or three tick­ets for $20.

“You want to have a duck this year be­cause we have some awe­some prizes,” ex­plained South­west Cri­sis Ser­vices Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Co­or­di­na­tor Laura Bed­dome.

A spe­cial ticket sales launch was hosted on May 4, with Swift Cur­rent Mayor De­nis Per­rault pur­chas­ing the first ticket via a hand­held ter­mi­nal. The ticket blitz will con­tinue through to the Duck Derby on June 4 held in con­junc­tion with In­no­va­tion Credit Union’s an­nual Pic­nic Inn The Park.

“It’s re­ally quick and easy through our web­site,” Bed­dome ex­plained. “In ad­di­tion we are still sell­ing tick­ets through our ter­mi­nals.”

Ter­mi­nals are lo­cated at all In­no­va­tion Credit Union Ad­vice Cen­tres through­out the South­west dur­ing May, plus Ki­wa­nis Club of Swift Cur­rent vol­un­teers will be sell­ing tick­ets at the Pi­o­neer Co-op Mar­ket­place on Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day.

Sup­port­ers are also in­vited to call Cri­sis Ser­vices at 306-7783386 to learn more about ad­di­tional pur­chase lo­ca­tions, as other sale lo­ca­tions will be or­ga­nized over the com­ing weeks.

Or­ga­niz­ers are hop­ing to sell out the en­tire 5,000 ducks that are avail­able through the raf­fle.

“We de­cided that we want to ‘go big or go home’. So this year we are mov­ing on­line, and we are sell­ing tick­ets to have a lot more ducks in the wa­ter and con­tinue to grow this fundraiser.”

The six grand prizes avail­able will also in­crease ticket in­ter­est. Six prize pack­ages, sup­ported by of­fer­ings from re­gional busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions, are each val­ued at over $1,000. Two pack­ages have a self-care theme, two boast date night of­fer­ings, while two are fam­ily fun pack­ages.

Bed­dome show­cased that the fam­ily pack has over 12 ex­cur­sions and events for up to five in­di­vid­u­als, along with fam­ily mem­bers. The date night pack­age fea­tures more than a dozen din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ences for two, along with fash­ion, jew­ellery, flow­ers and a va­ri­ety of other items. And thirdly, the self-care pack­age will pam­per the win­ner with a va­ri­ety of treat­ments, ther­a­pies, coach­ing, and other items.

As their big­gest fundraiser of the year, Bed­dome said they ap­pre­ci­ate Ser­vices is also hold­ing a 50/50 raf­fle. An in­di­vid­ual doesn’t need to pur­chase a Duck Derby ticket in or­der to en­ter this raf­fle. The 50/50 tick­ets are also avail­able on­line and via the hand­held ter­mi­nals. The grow­ing prize to­tal will be shared via the Cri­sis Ser­vices web­site and on Face­book.

Prof­its from the raf­fle will be uti­lized to de­liver pro­grams and ser­vices to the chil­dren, youth, adults and fam­i­lies they work with.

“All of these in­di­vid­u­als are tak­ing steps to over­come the trauma they’ve ex­pe­ri­enced re­lated to vi­o­lence and abuse, and re­ally seek­ing to trans­form their re­la­tion­ships.”

They op­er­ate a Safe Shel­ter for women and chil­dren which serves the en­tire South­west. They also pro­vide out­reach sup­port coun­selling ser­vices which work one-on-one, in a cou­ples set­ting, plus with fam­i­lies and in groups.

“We want to help peo­ple take the steps that they’re ready to take in their life, and over­come trauma, change mind­set, change be­hav­iour, trans­form re­la­tion­ships. We are do­ing a lot of great work in this area, and we’d love to be able to grow that pro­gram at some point.”

They also con­tinue to op­er­ate the con­fi­den­tial 24-hour Cri­sis Help Line, prov­ing sup­port over the phone on a 24 hour ba­sis.

The Cri­sis Line meets the con­tin­ued de­mand of peo­ple seek­ing out con­fi­den­tial, anony­mous sup­port, or sim­ply of­fer­ing some­one to talk to in or­der to get in­for­ma­tion, re­fer­rals and con­nec­tion to other re­sources in the com­mu­nity.

This year’s fund­ing is more im­por­tant than ever, as the de­mand for their ser­vices con­tin­ues to grow.

“We have a con­stant de­mand for our ser­vices,” she ad­mit­ted. “So as a rel­a­tively small or­ga­ni­za­tion we just know at any time that we are try­ing to grow to meet the de­mand. The de­mand is well beyond what we are able to pro­vide. In our Safe Shel­ter we have def­i­nitely seen an in­crease in need, or at least in peo­ple able to ac­cess our ser­vice. So we’ve seen quite a jump in our num­bers from the pre­vi­ous year.”


South­west Cri­sis Ser­vices Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Co­or­di­na­tor Laura Bed­dome sold the first Duck Derby ticket to Swift Cur­rent Mayor De­nis Per­rault on May 4.

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